My relationship with the natural world has always been an integral part of my life. It entertains my senses daily and it has been a refuge for me during the most difficult of times. Nature provides an endless source of inspiration for my creative process. Light, the absence of light, and texture holds a fascination for me. Patterns are created, sometimes in poetic symmetry and other times in chaotic abandonment. I work with acrylic or watercolor, either painting in my studio or most preferably en plein air. I lean toward realism, but always ready to experiment beyond my comfort zone. Although I live in Southwestern Wisconsin in what is known as The Driftless area, I travel throughout the Great Lakes geographic region, with Lake Superior being my favorite destination. I am also drawn to the Mississippi River Valley and the numerous Northwoods lakes and ecosystems. My own floral and vegetable gardens and the agricultural scenes that surround my home are always present for inspiration when I’m not traveling.